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FG Maintains Decision To Deport Illegal Immigrants

Yusuf Dotun

The Federal Government of Nigeria has maintained its decision to deport foreigners who have refused to participate in the e-registration program currently conducted by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) between now and the January 12, 2020 deadline.

This information was made known by the NIS spokesman, Sunday James, during a telephone interview with newsmen. He also mentioned that any Nigerian citizen who has undocumented migrants employed as security guards, housemaids or nannies could face a seven-year jail term and a fine of N1m from January 2020.

The NIS spokesman also said defaulting migrants will not only be deported but also be indefinitely restricted from returning to the country.

However, James advised Nigerians who have engaged illegal migrants with duties to urge them to avoid the looming penalties by registering with the NIS, as they had until January 12 to register on the NIS portal before the execution of stiff sanctions.

The NIS spokesman revealed that over 30,000 migrants had complied with registration since the commencement of the program in July.

In the meantime, the Republic of Benin will begin a population census of her citizens in Nigeria in conformity with the ECOWAS pact to certify their safety in the host nation.

The Deputy General Secretary of Benin government, Cyrille Govgbedji, gave this report to journalists, stating that the census processes would concurrently commence in Abuja and Saki, Oyo State, and it is expected to last for three weeks.

Govgbedji explained that the objective of the exercise is to ensure that any national of Benin republic living in Nigeria is in possession of the ECOWAS identity card as a warranty of their security in the country, as it accords with the treaty in effect.